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Former Ghanaian Presidents nowhere to be found at Independence Day celebration

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On Friday, 6 March 2020, former Ghanaian Presidents John Jerry Rawlings and John Dramani Mahama were absent at the 63rd Independence Day celebration in Kumasi, the second-largest city in Ghana, amidst pomp and pageantry.

The residents were disappointed after all the top dignitaries invited to the occasion, including Otumfo Osei Tutu II, the Ashanti King, former President John Agyekum Kufuor, and Keith Christopher Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad Tobago had arrived at the Baba Yara Stadium. They were hoping to see the two former gentlemen of the land but they were conspicuously absent.

It is not clear why the founder of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC),  Rawlings was absent because he honoured the invitation at the recent State of Nation’s Address, which was boycotted by the NDC Members of Parliament.

The NDC again has not come out to explain the reason why Mahama, the flag bearer of the party for the December 7 general elections did not attend the function. Most of the Minority Members in Parliament were also absent.

Thousands of school children, security agencies and identifiable groups marched to mark the 6 March 2020 celebration. There was also the display of Ghana’s military might by members of the national armed forces.

Ghana gained independence from Britain on 6 March 1957.



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